Honda recalls 83,977 vehicles in Canada

Faulty air bag parts prompt Honda to re-recall 1 million cars

A type of Takata air bag inflator once thought to be safe has now come under scrutiny after a crash and explosion in the U.S. state of Maryland injured the driver of a Honda minivan.

The inflators covered by this latest Honda recall were used as replacement parts in recalls that began in 2014.

These vehicles were already part of the largest and most complex automotive recall in USA history, covering at least 50 million Takata airbag inflators in 37 million vehicles from 19 manufacturers, according to NHTSA.

So far, 23 people have been killed because of this malfunction. As many as 70 million will be recalled.

The January explosion injured the arm of a person driving a 2004 Honda Odyssey.

Honda is recalling around one million vehicles for a second time over fears the air bags, installed by Takata, may be risky.

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The Japanese auto company is recalling models in the US and Canada from as far back as 2001, and as recent as 2010, Canadian safety regulator documents show.

Honda said it suspects the desiccant was improperly handled at a Takata plant in Mexico, allowing the additive to become saturated with moisture when it was used to make the inflators.

Acura models affected include the model year 2001 to 2005 EL; the 2002 to 2003 TL; the 2003 CL; and the 2003 to 2006 MDX. Honda Canada wouldn't comment on this development but recommends that owners take their vehicles to the nearest Honda dealer as soon as possible to replace the component free of charge.

The agency is urging the owners of 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles who have already had the air bag inflater replaced or have received a new air bag to check whether their vehicle identification number is on the recall list. They contained a moisture-absorbing chemical and previously were believed to be safe.

More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to Takata inflators that could explode, spraying metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks.

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